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Online Security Is Pentagon's Latest Battle

Online Security Is Pentagon's Latest Battle

By John Schwartz Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, June 2, 1999; Page A2

The Department of Defense announced yesterday that it was briefly pulling its computers off the Internet to upgrade security by installing hardier "firewall" protection between computer systems that are accessible to the outside world and those that should not be.

Noting the recent spate of hacker attacks on government Web sites, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said the upgrade is part of a long-term computer security effort: "This is much more protective than reactive."